Now Alaska's National Guard and our state militia; Alaska Defense Force, they both understand what could be coming at us from across the pond. Each year the winter's ice bridge between the City of Wales ( a lot wider than that, but the community is in the middle of it on the Alaskan coast), and Russian Siberia. The troops know the ice becomes thick enough over the shallow strait, in most places through there where the Arctic Ocean is only 40 feet deep, it can take a lot of weight. This means an enemy's heavy armor could pass over it to invade Alaska and North America. So, the Alaskans train for it and they take this seriously. As for the US Military, they always train for the big picture and protecting North America is part of that snap shot. Now it may never happen, especially with economics being what it is across various countries, such as Russia. But people also grow weary of being poor and taking the riches away from another country has been a proven way of uplifting spirits. A full stomach can quash many alliances.
So, when I read how the US is pushing against Israel, with supposed threats of using the United Nations, I can only shake my head in wonder and then pray to God His wrath not be brought against my Christian brothers and sisters, and to provide time for us to still reach those who need some further convincing of who our Lord is and what He is growing upset about. I can't help but wonder how Obama cannot take his blinders off for one moment and look back at the day when his popularity began to sink. It was the day of his meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister and Obama thought he had this man wrapped around his finger and all ready to give up have of Israel to make the Palestinians happy. And the man had the gall to say "NO" on prime time TV to our President. Oh the look on Obama's face. Since then, Obama's points began to fall and then plunge. He took on God's chosen people and it backfired on him. Now he stomps his foot in the ground and threatens like a schoolyard bully. Worst of all, he's supported by a lot of worldwide bullies who dislike Jews.
I keep hearing this, "The Jews killed Jesus!" This is why they hate them. They always tend to forget Jesus was a Jew, who was brought before Rome's representative by Jewish leaders and it was Romans who carried out the crucifixion. So maybe everyone should hate Italians, but that wouldn't work because the Vatican is in Rome. Easier to hate Jews. But the US citizens shouldn't hate the Jews, because it was money from the Jews who helped get the US Government bankrolled. Later, it was Jewish Germans who spied against Hitler and so many lost their lives for it. It was over 6 million Jews who were marched into deadly showers and ovens, and 2,000 Jews in Warsaw, Poland, armed with only a few rifles and Molotov cocktails, living underground, that put up so much of a fight that it required Hitler to divert nearly a division of his troops away from battle to finally defeat this small amount of freedom fighters. But it is so easy to simply say, "I hate Jews". I dislike this as my family background is German on my father's side and German-Jew on my mother's side. So I take offense for the hateful remarks from people who have no idea what they are talking about.
I have been very fortunate, that though my mother was a racist to some degree from the persecution she came under following World War I, she brought me up to consider everyone the same, no matter what skin color. Her maiden name had been Von Dreeke, but they had to drop the Von to avoid further persecution. Von in Germany is like Sir in England, though I never found out what the Von was granted for. My ancestor may have held a great man's horse during a battle or something similar, or he was a mayor. Von was also a political appointment, not always granted for an act of valor and carried down the line. She kept her racism hidden from me for sometime. I had friends of all races, being brought up in Southern California and my foster brother was a full-blooded Apache and hereditary next in line Chief of his tribe in New Mexico. We shared a bedroom for our whole senior year in high school. I had a foreign wife from overseas, who was later killed, but my Mom would never honor her as being my wife. This was when I recalled some other events and learned of her racism. Yet, I loved her for not passing it down to me.
I only have a few news briefs for the last two days, but you might take notice of them: for 12/13-14/14
Germany: Thousands of Germans protesting growing "Islamization" of their country. Citizens are calling for an end to runaway immigration and spread of Islamic Sharia Law in Germany. Protesters being made up of ultra left to the ultra right, giving the police problems to identify neo-Nazi bands from gay rights activists.
Russia: Ruble zips past 58 to the US Dollar as devaluation accelerates and drive to a Russian recession comes closer.
Turkey: Turkish State Police raid media sites in 13 cities, arresting 23 people, with more expected by the end of the day. Those arrested were suspected of having links with US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. Charges filed are for Forgery, Fabricating Evidence and Forming an alleged Crime Syndicate to overtake the Sovereignty of Turkey. Turkey's President Erdogan had vowed to take the Gulen group movement to task on numerous occasions, and on Dec 6th said there would be "no mercy" for any type of treason.
Islamic State: has published a pamphlet for Islamic State members, which answers 27 questions and approves enslavement of women, sale of women and even rape-even if the female is of prepubescent age. ( Such a thing even violates their own Quron and shows the pure evil practiced by the Islamic State.)
Portugal: Portuguese Parliament passes motion in support of recognizes a Palestinian State.
Germany: Chancellor Merkel spoke out against unilaterally recognizing a Palestinian State and her European Union veto could stop 28 EU members from moving forward to recognize the Palestinians because the European Union needs a unanimous decision to carry forward and recognize Palestine as a new state.
Sierra Leone: Cancels Christmas, bans holiday celebrations due to increased Ebola infections. The country is now facing a complete lock down because infected bodies are being found piled out in remote areas. Burial workers are now dumping bodies in public areas in protest of non-payment of promised allowances. Sierra Leone is seeing a sharp rise in Ebola cases and fatalities. New hot points are popping up.
Ohio: For some unexplained reason, an estimated 50,000 crows have descended upon Springfield, Ohio, but so far they seem not to be aggressive. ( How many of us recall, "The Birds"?)
Israel: Jewish State Bill is passed by lower house and is met with race card violence. But bill also offers guaranteed equality to all Israeli citizens. But some fear the new law will widen the gap between Palestinian and Israeli. Still, the law must now be approved by the whole Parliament to take effect. This has already started an increase in racial violence between Arabs and Jews. ( But throwing acid into the faces of children!?)
Britain: Some members of Parliament desire the CIA to come clean on any British links to torture incidents being withheld from the 6,000 page CIA report. Reportedly, the British spy agencies had requested such reports be left out of the report to protect British agencies.
Britain is also sending hundreds of more troops to Iraq, due to the lack of troops earlier promised by other UN and NATO countries.
Sweden: Russia military fighter jet has near miss with airliner over Sweden. Russian fighter had turned of its transponder and the airliner's pilot had no idea it was out there until it was almost too later. Later, Russia denied the whole affair.
Canada: Navy to ban booze on its warships. (I went aboard a Canadian missile cruiser in 1983 and was surprised to find it actually had two bars aboard, one for officers and one for enlisted. Even more startling was a close circuit TV showing 24-hour porn. It was no wonder these guys went crazy in my town. Leaving my busy hauling them back to the boat drunk and disorderly. Even "on duty" the sailors were allowed a beer at the bar, but no hard liquor.
China: Headline in online Chinese paper- "China, ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), Should Build Community of Common Destiny With Strategic Mutual Trust." (ASEAN is 10 governments from around the Pacific, which interestingly enough matches with the numbers of Asian countries I have linked up with China for my Oriental Alliance Pact in my book, "A Coming Storm", and the headline sort of draws its own conclusion, or works that way at least. ASEAN is also directing itself to be under China's leadership, partly due to its military power base and now its booming economy).
Japan: Some Japanese civil groups held memorial meetings to spread the truth about the Nanjing Massacre of Dec 1937 and mourn the victims of that massacre.
Taiwan: A visiting Turkish academic said Taiwan, as well as other non-Muslim countries, should step-up exchanges with moderate Islamic world to promote peaceful interpretation of Islam and AVOID the spread of extremism. (To me, this almost sounded like a threat- let our Muslims immigrate or we'll release the dogs on you.)
Iraq: Christians in Iraq are being martyred in great numbers, driven from their homes and more than 250,000 forced to flee Iraq since the Islamic State moved in. Jerusalem Post reported relentless persecution. Children of all ages ordered to recant their Christian faith and when they bravely refuse, making their stand of faith, they are either beheaded or cut in half.
Gaza: Hamas held their 27th Anniversary of its founding in Gaza, but things got a bit wild and a drone was released, which caused the scrambling of Israeli Air Force Jets. But drone was kept from crossing the border and no shots were fired. Hamas unveiled long range missiles in their parade, along with their new navy commandos. ( Hamas is also insisting Israel withdraw to 1967 borders, which will supposedly help them defeat Israel in one final war...or so they think. But new Hamas long range missiles came as a surprise for many.)
Turkey: Chinese security Analysts claim the ambiguous policies of the Turkish Government allows terrorists to enter Turkey and have easy access to join Islamic State.
China: Condemns any denials of Japan's wartime aggression in Nanjing, which is being seen by many analysts as an implicit warning against any possible reemergence of militarism in Japan. ( This could also be seen as an ill wind blowing up ahead because Japan is a US ally, or will Obama abandon them as he is doing to Israel?)
Uzbekistan: Urges Russia to help protect Central Asia against possible Islamic State threat, as US forces withdraw their forces from Afghanistan...but there is still 13,000 Americans posted there. ( But does Russia desire to return to Afghanistan? After all, this was their 10-year version of our Vietnam for them to endure and they left so fast they failed to take their dead with them. They were fearful they would not make it back over the last bridge without coming under another attack by Afghan forces, but their enemy rejoiced in them departing.)
Israel: Prime Minister Netanyahu says Israel will rebuff US and United Nations moves toward forming a Palestinian State . Nor will they withdraw from Israeli territory that Palestine seeks for a state, which involves the 1967 borders spoken of so often. ( Obama Administration is working very hard to bring the Wrath of God down upon our government. I wish he would read some about Israel's history and others who tried this. Only when Israel turned against God, did God remove his covering to teach them a lesson. One lesson was their enslavement in Egypt and then God sent to them Moses. The 6-day war is called this because it only took Israel 6-days to bring their enemies to their knees with God's help and the world was shocked. Then peace was sought, but now war is being sought once again by people who no longer remember God's power and His love for His people. )
Lastly, my Earthquake Report for 48-hours: (28 quakes- over 4.0), (8 mild) Alaska,
( 2 -5.1/5.1) New Zealand, (3- 4.6's) Japan, (13 mild) Oregon (6-with a 4.1/4.3) Oklahoma,
(2- 4.7/4.5) Fiji, (2- 4.6's) Ethiopia, (3- 4.8/4.7/4.8) El Salvador, (1- 5.2) Visokoi Island /South Atlantic, ( 1- 5.1) Easter Island, (1- 4.6) Chile, (2-4.8/5.0) Indonesia (1-5.2)Tonga,
(1-4.7)Columbia, (1-4.6)Japan, (1-4.3) Italy. The globe has not sustained a real shaker since 12/8/14, a 6.8 that hit Panama. I follow the various fault lines to see which is active and how long it stays active. When the follow the Ring of Fire and stay active, I prefer to know so I can keep a bag packed for my jaunt into Canada. I'm way too close to the coast for a series of volcanoes to shoot off around the arctic. But with only one two lane highway leading into Canada, I may choose to go overland and let my sons pull me on a sled. Right!
Tomorrow I need to spend a lot of time working on my new manuscript, so no news is good news. Keep your pray life active, sort of like cleaning your rifle or sharpening your knife. But sometimes its the little prayers that can be the most important for the Glory of God.
God Bless, BILL